Thousands of car accidents happen a day. On average, a single driver may only suffer from a handful of accidents in their life. Many of these accidents happen within a year of drivers getting their licenses.
A car accident can be sudden and startling. Many drivers aren’t prepared for what they should do next. If you’re in a car accident, here’s what you should do next:
Move your vehicle somewhere safe
If your car is operational and nobody is seriously injured, it may help to move it to the side of the road just after an accident. There may be an increased risk of additional accidents if your car sits in the way of traffic. If your car isn’t safe to move or anybody in the vehicle is hurt, then the next best thing can be putting the hazard lights on.
Call the police to the scene
Once your car is someplace safe, you should call the police. The police can make a report of the accident. The report may then be used by your insurance company to determine fault and compensation.
Exchange information with the other driver
It may be a few minutes before the police arrive. During this time, you may want to exchange information with the other driver.
Take pictures of the accident
If you can, take photos of the accident, including any damages to each vehicle and injuries. You may not use any of this information, but it could be useful if you’re asked to provide it.
Have a paramedic look at your injuries
Along with the police, an ambulance may arrive at the accident. You may want to consider getting a medical examination even if you don’t feel injured. A medical report could be useful if you find you’ve suffered hidden injuries.
Learn your legal rights
You may not get the compensation you deserve for your vehicle damages and medical bills. You may need to consider reaching out for legal help to learn about your options.